Four proposed railway stations are being investigated as part of a pipeline of work by West Midlands Combined Authority. Darlaston, Willenhall, Aldridge and Portobello have all been reported.
Funding to deliver Maghull North has been approved following a meeting of the Liverpool City Region. A planning application is set to be submitted shortly with the station expected to open in May 2018.
A rail station at Elland was considered as part of WYCA’s New Stations Study (2014) and emerged as one of the four stations within the study area to take forward. The work will establish if a stop at Elland can be incorporated into the timetable without impact on other services, and be technically feasible to construct and economically/financially affordable. The feasibility study work will be available in 2017.
Source: West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Plans to extend the Midland Metro through Birmingham city centre have reached a new milestone.
The Midland Metro Alliance has formally applied on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) for a Transport and Works Act Order to build and operate the Birmingham Eastside extension from Bull Street to Digbeth.
Once granted, the order would allow work to start on the 1.05 mile (1.7km) extension which will serve the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street, offering connections to New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill train stations.
Subject to any local public inquiry, work is scheduled to begin in 2019 and the line to open in 2023.
The scheme will cost £137.2 million and as well as linking all of the city centre railway stations will mean easy access to Birmingham Coach Station and to bus routes to the south east of the city centre.
Cllr Roger Lawrence, lead member for transport on WMCA, said: “The Birmingham Eastside extension will provide a direct high-quality link between the significant areas of commercial and leisure activity to the east of the city centre and the Jewellery Quarter and the Black Country.
“It will not only improve access for existing business travellers and commuters but also provide easier access to jobs for the unemployed, further encourage tourism and leisure travel.
“This will help spread economic benefits from HS2 and local developments, which will increase economic opportunities across the West Midlands.”
The route will start at the junction of Bull Street and Corporation Street and run along Lower Bull Street past the southern edge of the proposed Martineau Galleries re-development to Albert Street.
It will then cross Moor Street Queensway towards Curzon Street and continue along New Canal Street before running into Meriden Street and turning left onto Digbeth High Street.
There will be four stops on the route. A stop in Albert Street will serve the proposed Martineau Galleries Phase 2 development and the HS2 Curzon Street Station West Entrance.
A stop on New Canal Street is proposed underneath the HS2 Curzon Street station serving Eastside and the HS2 East Entrance.
The third, on Meriden Street, will serve the heart of Digbeth and the proposed development at Typhoo Wharf.
The terminus stop will be on Digbeth High Street at the junction with Milk Street, serving Birmingham Coach Station, South and City College and the Custard Factory.
Seven new Urbos trams will be bought to bolster the current fleet of 21 and provide a service running every six minutes.
The work will be carried out by the Midland Metro Alliance, a team of planning, design and construction specialists working with WMCA
It consists of rail construction specialists Colas Rail – with Colas’ partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Thomas Vale and Auctus Management Group – and a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann, alongside WMCA specialists.
Midland Metro Alliance director Alejandro Moreno said: “The development of this route will play a key part in helping to unlock the potential of the Eastside of Birmingham and will be an important part of the regeneration in this area.”
The Midland Metro runs between Birmingham’s New Street Station and Wolverhampton City Centre, serving locations such as the Jewellery Quarter, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston.
Work is now underway extending the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square, with services expected to start running in 2019.
Funding has also been earmarked for the line to go further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.
In Wolverhampton work has begun on the city centre extension, with completion scheduled for 2019.
The route will take trams along Pipers Row, stopping directly outside the bus station before continuing on to the railway station which will also be redeveloped as part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project.
A route linking Wednesbury to Brierley Hill is also being developed and work on this could start as early as next year.
The Leeds District Consultation Sub-Committee is due to meet on 13th April 2015. The following update has been produced for Kirkstall Forge Rail Station.
2.10. WYCA is working with Network Rail and Northern Rail on the construction of a new rail station at Kirkstall Forge, just north of Leeds on the Airedale Line and forming part of a large scale development site. Construction began in late 2014 on the new access road and signalised junction on the A65 which will lead to the 127 space car park and twin platform station. The construction of the station and new access road are on target for opening in autumn 2015.
The Bradford District Consultation Sub-Committee is due to meet on 17th April 2015. The following update has been produced for Low Moor Rail Station.
2.10. The proposed new rail station is being developed in partnership with Network Rail, Northern Rail and the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and will be located at Low Moor on the line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax rail stations.
2.11. Network Rail are currently progressing the detailed designs for the development which should be completed around July 2015, at which point building work could start on site (subject to acquiring the land needed for the new station).
2.12. As part of this design development work it has been agreed that new passenger lifts will be provided at the station and Network Rail are submitting an updated Planning Application to secure the necessary statutory permissions.
2.13. Network Rail has already undertaken some preliminary site works at Low Moor, including utilities searches and site clearance works. The start of the main construction works remain subject to successfully acquiring the land (necessary to build the station) from the current land owners and WYCA continues to work in partnership with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to secure the land needed for the development.
2.14. Significant progress has been made recently to secure commercial sale agreements with the two land owners and ‘offers’ to buy the land have been accepted, in principle and subject to contract.
2.15. The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will undertake delivery of essential highway improvement works adjacent the new station site, and initial site investigation works have been completed in the area.
The Bradford District Consultation Sub-Committee is due to meet on 17th April 2015. The following update has been produced for Apperley Bridge Rail Station.
WYCA is working with Network Rail and Northern Rail on the construction of a new rail station at Apperley Bridge on the Airedale Line south of Shipley. Construction began in late 2014 of the 297 space park and ride site, along with a new access road and signalised junction on Apperley Lane. The two-platform station will be predominately served by electric trains along the Bradford Forster Square – Leeds route, and is due for completion in August 2015.
Apperley Bridge Updates
The results of the New Stations Study undertaken by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have been reported to the Transport Committee. Sixty two potential options have been reviewed with four having the potential to demonstrate a good business case.
- A parkway station in the east Leeds rail corridor (Leeds)
- Elland (Calderdale)
- Haxby (York)
- Crosshills (Craven)
The Transport Committee agreed that the four stations should be progressed for further study.
East Leeds Parkway
The report recommended that the on-going development and feasibility work for East Leeds Parkway (Leeds) should continue.
Previous, detailed studies for East Leeds Parkway have presented a strong case for the new station. It is recommended that this station should continue to be promoted in order to identify potential funding opportunities considered as part of wider East of Leeds corridor study tied with planned electrification. It was also noted that any work should be tied in with the proposed station at Thorpe Park.
Working with Calderdale Council, that a detailed work programme be developed to include timetable feasibility and outline business case work for Elland (Calderdale), including an element of non-abortive early stage ‘GRIP’ feasibility design work. A further report seeking funding approval to carry out this work will be brought to the Committee later this year.
The 2013 New Stations Fund submission for Haxby presented a very strong case for the new station. It is recommended that this station should continue to be promoted in order to identify potential funding opportunities.
That Crosshills (Craven) station site is noted as having a potentially strong business case, but is for North Yorkshire County Council to lead.
The construction assessment has highlighted a potential issue with the nearby level crossing. The financial assessment has also highlighted that potential ticketing arrangements around the Metro ticketing boundary should be investigated further prior to more detailed business case work. This site has been recommended for further study, as it would appear that if the issues surrounding the level crossing can be resolved, the station would appear to have a promising case.
Seven further options were also noted as having potential after the first stage review but the report recommended no further development work takes place because of timetable issues and the potential disbenefits to existing rail users.
The Leeds District Consultation Sub-Committee had a meeting on 12th January 2015. The following update was produced for the Park and Ride Rail Station on the East Leeds Corridor.
2.22. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) continues to work with Network Rail, the Department for Transport, Leeds City Council and train operators to establish a preferred option for a Park and Ride site on the East Leeds Corridor. The new East Coast franchise awarded to Stagecoach / Virgin specifies a 2-hourly path along the East Leeds Corridor and on to Harrogate, and the new franchisee has indicated interest in stopping at a new ‘parkway’ station en route. Further discussions with Network Rail and the Department for Transport are planned, to lobby for our requirements to be included in the Indicative Train Service Specification (ITSS).
The Leeds District Consultation Sub-Committee had a meeting on 12th January 2015. The following update was produced for Kirkstall Forge Rail Station.
2.19. Work has commenced on site for both the access road contract (through Leeds City Council) and the rail halt contract (through Network Rail). Immediate tasks involve reinforcing the river wall to support the access road and re-aligning the Network Rail boundary fence and undertaking surveys in the rail corridor. The station is due to open in autumn 2015.
The Bradford District Consultation Sub-Committee is due to meet on 23rd January 2015. The following update has been produced for Apperley Bridge Rail Station.
2.9. Work is progressing well on site with the car park starting to take shape. Work on the railway itself has now also commenced and will progress initially with the relocation of existing assets to clear the site required for platform construction. The station is on programme for opening in August 2015.
The April update and photos of the progress being made can be found here
The Bradford District Consultation Sub-Committee is due to meet on 23rd January 2015. The following update has been produced for Low Moor Rail Station.
2.6. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has contracted with Network Rail for delivery of the new rail station and associated car park. As part of their work, Network Rail has recently invited and evaluated tenders for the design and construction of the new facilities, and a preferred contractor has been appointed. Detailed design work will start immediately and should be completed in spring 2015, at which point building work could start on site.
2.7. Work on site is subject to successfully acquiring land (necessary to build the station) from the current land owners, and the Combined Authority continues to work in partnership with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to secure the land needed for the development.
2.8. The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will undertake delivery of essential highway improvement works adjacent the new station site, including road and junction improvements to New Works Road and Cleckheaton Road.
Low Moor Railway Station Updates
The following updates have been published online as part of the Information Reports for the October Meetings of the Leeds and Bradford Districts Consultative Committees.
Leeds Rail Growth Package (Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge)
2.68. Detailed designs for both Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge are now approaching
completion, and Network Rail’s contractor is making preparations to start on
site. Work will start on site at Apperley Bridge in October 2014 and at Kirkstall Forge
in January 2015. These works will be preceded by CEG (the developer of the Kirkstall
Forge site) and Leeds City Council’s contractor starting on site in October for the
construction of the access road. Station opening is still planned for August
2015. Northern Rail has now commenced staff recruitment to operate the train
service and stations from this date.
Low Moor Station
2.29. The proposed new rail station is being delivered in partnership with Network Rail,
Northern Rail and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and will be located
on the line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax rail stations.
2.30. WYCA has recently entered into an Implementation Agreement with Network Rail to
deliver the new station. The Agreement covers design and construction work by
Network Rail up to, and including, opening the completed station. Tenders are now
being sought for the detailed design, development and construction of the new
station. The preferred contractor will be appointed later this year.
2.31. Legal agreements are also currently being concluded with the City of Bradford
Metropolitan District Council for delivery of the associated highway works. This
agreement covers the necessary road and junction improvements to New Works
Road and Cleckheaton Road and delivery of the associated Traffic Regulation Orders.
2.32. The procurement of the land required for the scheme is also progressing and ‘offers’
to buy the land have been accepted, in principle and subject to contract, by the
various land owners. The station opening is planned for the December 2015
The 30 year rail strategy to enhance the rail network in the Liverpool City Region has been formally adopted after it was approved at a meeting of the Cabinet of the Liverpool Combined Authority on 19th September.